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TOO SOON TOO LATE - PERFORMATIVE DIALOGUE

Too soon

Too Soon Too Late - In situ performative exhibition

The year 1918 in the history of East Central Europe is primarily associated with the collapse of empires and the rise of new nation states. In the aftermath of World War I and rapid disintegration of the Russian, Habsburg and Ottoman empires nine new states appeared on the political map of Europe: Austria, Hungary, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Remembering the history of 1918 in East Central Europe also means shedding light on the shared experience that is not very well known in Western Europe. Moreover, 1918 marks not only the birth of new nation states but it stands as a powerful symbol of the desire of so many people in Europe to construct a better future and embrace modernity. The years following the declaration of independence all across the region were the time of profound political and social changes: the time of crafting democracies, testing the limits of mass politics and inventing social state, time of unprecedented mobility from countryside to the cities and unrivalled experimentation in arts, science and technology that continues to inspire people across the globe today. The shattered world order allowed to many women, immigrants, invalids, formerly underprivileged citizens to claim a new role in society. These ambitions were reflected in the arts, burgeoning unprecedently in the new nation states. What have we kept from that period? What is the meaning of avant-garde today? And what is the role of historical memory in arts today?

Too Soon Too Late touches upon these questions through movement. The origin of the in situ performative exhibition Too Soon Too Late was a conversation of artists from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Austria and Belgium, initiated by the Czech Centre Brussels to talk about the past, present and future of Europe and its arts. The resulting performative exhibition reflects formative changes which happened throughout those hundred years in the “new Europe”, and the heritage of avant-garde three generations later. From each of the participating countries, outstanding artists were invited to join the dialogue, thus bringing various perspectives in unique forms. The audience will be offered to walk freely in this environment and watch short dance pieces, performative actions and video installations, taking place continuously in loops for 90 minutes. Everyone is free to watch one action or another and set his or her own order of the things happening within the installation.

Too Soon Too Late is part of the cycle “1918, European Dreams of Modernity – 100 Years On” prepared by the Brussels cultural centre BOZAR for 2018 in association with cultural institutes, or permanent representations and local partners in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Romania, and Lithuania.

The project is a co-production that includes artists from seven countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Belgium, it is coordinated by the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague and an artistic and technical team formed by renowned Czech artists. The project is supported by the subsidies of the International Visegrad Fund and will be premiered in Brussels on 26th – 27th May 2018.

Soundscape

Zsolt Sőrés will perform and improvise a sound composition and create an overall atmosphere for the complete performative installation. With the use of unstable acoustic systems and continuous sound layers, he will confront the listener with an evolving sense of time and duration that transcend questions of musical to focus in the idea of shape, in the potentialities of sound representation as a stream of consciousness.

Participating artists:

Miřenka Čechová & Markéta Vacovská (Czech Republic)

Monika Drozyńska (Poland) Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Jakub Truszkowski, Leszek Bzdyl, Katarzyna Ustowska, Anna Steller, Piotr Stanek (Poland)

Zsolt Sőrés (Hungary)

Florin Flueras (Romania) & Brynjar Åbel Bandlien (Norway)

Agnija Šeiko, Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė (Lithuania)

Aldina Michelle Topcagic (Austria)

Stanislav Dobák (Slovakia) & Jamie Lee (Belgium/Australia)

Ballets Confidentiels: Johanne Saunier, Ine Claes (Belgium)

Artistic and technical coordination:

Tomáš Procházka, Cristina Maldonado, Jan Kalivoda, Martina Pecková Černá, Viktorie Schmoranzová (Czech Republic)

Thanks to Iulia Popovici (Romania) for her contribution to the title of this project.

 

INFO & TICKET HERE!

 

Location: BOZAR Exhibition rooms, Rue Ravensteinstraat 16 - 1000 Brussel 

Audience is invited to talk freely in the environment in which they can watch short dance pieces, performative actions and video installations, taking place continuously, in loop for 90 minutes.

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May 30.
- May 30.
Jazz concert by Window
Sazz N Jazz Boulevard Bischoffsheim 38B
Jun 05.
- Jun 05.
CONCERT BY ESZTER KARASSZON - CELLIST
Balassi Institut, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Bruxelles
Jun 08.
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OPERA: BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE & THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN BY BÉLA BARTÓK
La Monnaie/ De Munt, Place de la Monnaie, 1000 Brussels
Jun 16.
- Jun 17.
Le Printemps Des Poètes - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Jun 19.
- Sep 07.
Exhibition of Miksa Róth - Colored sunlight
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
Jun 23.
- Jun 27.
European Arts Forum 2018
Balassi Institute Brussels - European Parliament - Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium

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